HGR 037 - Turnbull Mfg. Firearms Restoration

HGR 037 - Turnbull Mfg Firearms Restoration

In this episode of Handgun Radio, I spoke with Doug Turnbull, the owner and founder of Turnbull Manufacturing, a highly regarded firearms restoration and refinishing company. Turnbull’s has worked on many fine firearms and specializes in restoring old Colts, S&W and many other brands to the condition they were in the day they left the factory.

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In this episode of Handgun Radio, I spoke with Doug Turnbull, the owner and founder of Turnbull Manufacturing, a highly regarded firearms restoration and refinishing company. Turnbull’s has worked on many fine firearms and specializes in restoring old Colts, S&W and many other brands to the condition they were in the day they left the factory.

Week in Review:

  • Been really busy trying to locate parts for my guns. Finally replaced the bolt in my Model 60, along with the grips, but I am looking for another hammer assembly. The reason for this is I would like to have a bobbed hammer on my Model 60, but I don’t want to modify the original hammer, in case I want to return to that configuration. If you know of any bobbed hammers for a J-frame or of a decently priced J-frame COMPLETE hammer assembly, please email me at ryan@handgunradio.com
  • Picked up some PMC Starfire 125 Grain JHP .38 Special +P for my Model 60. Hadn’t rotated out the carry ammo in some time so I saw this PMC stuff for a little less than 1$ a round, and I had heard pretty good things about their performance vs. their price. Hopefully I can do some wetpack testing this summer with them.

And without any further delay, here is our discussion with Mr. Doug Turnbull!

Main Topic: Turnbull Mfg. Firearms Restoration

-How did you get started in the business of refinishing firearms?

-What are the qualities of a good firearms finish?

-What are some of the types of firearms refinishing that you offer? (Color Case, Charcoal, Rust and Hot)

-What are some of the issues/problems that can arise when working on refinishing a firearm?

-How do you prevent the frames and slides from warping or breaking when doing things such as the charcoal case hardening?

-Out of all the handguns that you have restored or refinished, which has been a favorite?

-Take us through the basic process of refinishing a firearm. Say I wanted to send my Colt 1903 in to you guys to get refinished in a factory style blue. What would that entail? What would something like that cost?

-What are some of the limitations of the refinishing methods, such as rust bluing?

-How were firearms finishes done in the heyday of Colt & S&W, and how are they different now?

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